Sheffield university sport

Sheffield was Britain's first "City of Sport", and continues to be the hub of top class facilities.

Don Valley Stadium

Home of the Sheffield Eagles rugby league side, many athletics events, and recently hosted Channel 4's "The Games", great venue, which excels with its intimacy.


Brand new facility opened in October 2003 - with 2 ice pads; public skating is great fun, and inexpensive with their special themed nights running throughout the week. Students normally get a discount here. Home to some ice hockey, though not that of the Sheffield Steelers. Seated capacity of around 1500.

Sheffield Arena

Though not directly a sporting venue, rather an entertainments venue, the Hallam FM Arena is home to the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club, and selected Westfield Sharks Sheffield Basketball Club fixtures through out the year. Basketball finals, hockey finals, boxing events, have all been seen at the Arena.

Capacity 9500.

English Institute For Sport - Sheffield

The EIS Sheffield, is an incredible venue which played host to this years GB Indoor Athletics Trials / AAA Indoor Championship broadcast live on the BBC. As well as an indoor track, with seated capacity of 1200; there are also:

  • 4 Multi Purpose Sports Courts
    • Hosting Badminton, Netball, Basketball, 5 a side.
  • Boxing Centre
  • Judo Centre
  • Table Tennis Centre.

There is also a fantastic gym facility down there.

All of these venues are accessible from "Arena / Don Valley Stadium" tram stop on the Yellow / Purple Routes destined for Meadowhall.

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Home of the Westfield Sharks Sheffield, this place has a large hall, with 1800 seats; Olympic size pool, which hosts the GB selections, and a fun pool with flume, which is cheap to access. This is found at the bottom of Commercial Street, at "Fitzalen Square / Ponds Forge" tram stop in the city centre section.

Sheffield United Football Club

The Blades, playing in the Coca Cola League - Championship. The red/white section of Sheffield is found at Bramall Lane, accessible on foot if you walk down "The Moor" shopping area, and follow signs from Staples / Decathelon.

Alternatively catch a blue tram for Halfway, purple tram for Herdings, and get off at "Granville Road / The Sheffield College" where the ground will be visible.

Matchday prices tend to vary dependant on the Grade the match is given, grade A games being more expensive.

Students: Prices vary between £5 - £15 dependant on the grade, and the stand you choose. To be entitled to these tickets you must purchase Student membership costing £15 from Sheffield United FC. (NUS Cards must be produced at time of purchase, AND admission).

3 or 4 times during the year SUFC hold Student specials (Normally Cat C games) where Student Admission is £5 for all students, and no membership needs to be purchased - details of these games are made available at Union Box Office, and in the HUB (Hallam Union Building).

Sheffield Wednesday FC

The Owls, play at the infamous Hillsborough Stadium - and compete in Coca-Cola Championship.

Student prices for 2004-5 Season range between £9-£12 dependent on where you choose to sit, though you if you buy your tickets before match day, you receive £1 off each ticket.


U-Cards and SHU Cards must be produced at time of purchase and admission.

Travel costs £1.50 return, and tram users should alight at "Lepping Lane".

City of Sheffield Athletic Club

It's one of the North of England's premier clubs, with a senior men’s team which is in the first division of the British Athletics League. The club caters for athletes of all ages, ethnicity, and abilities to develop their potential in the range of disciplines that athletics offers.

The club provides free coaching, in a fun and friendly atmosphere, from UK Athletics qualified coaches in track & field, road, cross country or race walking, to help athletes realise their potential. The club has the use of Sheffield's state of the art facilities at Don Valley Stadium and the English Institute of Sport. Athletes of any ability are welcome to join the club.

Goodwin Sports Centre

Part of Sheffield University's facilities, with a climbing wall, multi purpose sports hall, and numerous outdoor artificial pitches, along with tennis courts.

Also features the super modern and value for money S10-health facilities (The Gym).

Cofield Swimming Poo

University pool with steam room / sauna.

£2 per session from 7 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday, otherwise £3.


There are more pitches for hire, and leisure centres in the city than those named.

Buy a "Slice" card, from Ponds Forge for £3 for the year, to give discounted activity prices at all of the facilities within the Sheffield International Venues (SIV Ltd) group, and other selected facilities across the city.

For swimming, for example, it guarantees at least a 30 % saving at all times.

What is the "Slice" card?

Where can I use my "Slice" card?

As an additional point:

New facility just opened called "Spa 1877" on Victoria Street in the City, just off West Street at the University end, near "The Swim Inn" (Weatherspoons).

Me personally would recommend the Turkish Baths, 3 hours for £15 of total relaxation is well worth it.

Details of the different rooms you can try during the 3 hours are detailed in the link below: